Jul 15, 2011 12:35am EDT
an example. >> well, okay. jon stewart is an a guest. >> jimmy: he's a great guy. >> just for example. that's when you learn that, like, he majored in chemistry in college. so i had to ask him the geek question -- did he have a favorite element. and he said -- yes, he did. he said carbon. so i said well, why? he said because it's the slut of the periodic table. [ laughter ] it binds with all other elements in many different ways from behind, from above. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: what is going down? >> because of that, it's the foundation of biology. carbon makes the most complex molecules there are, and the most complex state of chemistry we know, we call biology. >> jimmy: that is very cool. >> that's useful to know when you're looking for life elsewhere in the universe. so, so, there -- talking about science with jon stewart. and there are others. we have a guy who wrote the book called "the physics of superheroes." that was fun, and -- two parts in a week. >> jimmy: like, how can superman actually fly? >> well yeah. so, yeah. there's a lot of violation of the laws of
Jul 18, 2011 11:00pm PDT
politicians. if he were here today he could be with jon stewart, he could be anybody, he uld be with stephen colbert and meet them eye to eye. that he was funny. how often have w seen a polician like that? not in a long time. >> rose: how do you think president obama's doing on those standards? >> well, i think the one thing he did care about, lincoln, originally, the emotional intelligence set of issues, i think he does have those. when you watch him around a table he makes sure everybody speaks, h listens to people with opposing advice. i think the thing you ve to learn when you get into the presidency is that a certain point you can't listen anymore. lincoln finally said "consensus can be paralyzing, you have to decide when to act." >> rose: wow. >> so that everyone around a table, for example, he debated emancipation for two months, three months, and everybody had different points of view. don't do it, do it, do it yesterday. he finally decided i'm making my mind up and issuing the emancipation proclamation. he goes to the cabinet and says "i don't want your ideas. i've made up my mind.
Jul 27, 2011 7:00am EDT
the latest for us overnight. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we are reaching crisis time here on capitol hill. the republicans delayed a vote on their bill in the house because they don't even have enough republican votes to pass their own bill. democrats don't have the votes to pass their bill either. the only thing certain up here right now is that everything is in doubt. >> we appreciate you calling. >> reporter: the calls are pouring in. plenty of outrage but like congress itself, the callers seem hopelessly divided. >> i would really like for him to hold the line against any deal in congress. >> i am calling to ask that you cooperate with the president's efforts. >> reporter: the whole place seems to have broken down. republicans can't even convince some of their own members to vote for the republican plan. in a closed door meeting republican leader eric cantor told fellow conservatives to "stop whining and support the bill." acknowledging "the debt limit vote sucks." across the country, that's the view of washington itself. >> no one is certainly listening to the pe